What Happens at a Braces Tightening Appointment?

Calismile Orthodontics

If you recently had braces applied, you may wonder what you should expect at your first braces adjustment appointment. Continue reading to learn more about what happens at braces tightening appointments.

Why Do I Need Orthodontic Adjustment Appointments?

Understanding why you must regularly return for adjustment appointments throughout your treatment is essential.

Your orthodontist will request that you return every 6-8 weeks once your braces have been placed on the teeth. The time between appointments will vary from case to case and depends upon the orthodontic correction’s complexity.

During these appointments your orthodontist will evaluate your progress and make adjustments so that your teeth are shifting correctly.

Missing even just one appointment has the potential to throw off the treatment as a whole; that is why it is crucial to ensure you attend your braces tightening appointments in our Encino or West Hill orthodontic offices.

What to Expect

Having a good idea of what to expect during your appointment can help provide you with peace of mind from start to finish. During your orthodontic adjustment appointment, you can expect the following:

  • Weak or damaged elastics will be replaced if needed
  • Damaged brackets will be replaced if needed
  • Overall movement and alignment of teeth will be examined
  • Orthodontic wires will be tightened to guide teeth in the intended direction 

Orthodontic adjustment appointments typically take anywhere between 15-45 minutes. The time that the appointment takes will depend upon what is done during your appointment. 

Your orthodontist will discuss your treatment with you and give you advice and feedback on caring for both your braces and your dental hygiene as a whole. 

Following your appointment, you may experience some soreness; it is typically recommended to stick to softer foods such as mashed potatoes, yogurt, smoothies, etc. It is in your best interest to avoid hard or chewy foods in order to avoid discomfort.

CaliSmile Orthodontics: Best Braces Treatment in Encino and West Hills, CA

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No. 1 Orthodontist in West Hills and Encino

The dedicated orthodontic team here at CaliSmile Orthodontics is here to help you achieve a beautiful and aligned smile. From your initial consultation to your braces removal appointment, we will guide you through every step. 

We have locations in both Encino and West Hills, California, allowing us to provide comprehensive orthodontic services throughout Los Angeles county. 

Dr. Amir Dehghan has over 17 years of experience in both cosmetic and orthodontic dentistry. Throughout his career, he has helped provide thousands of individuals achieve the smile of their dreams through top-tier orthodontic treatment in Los Angeles county. Dr. Amir places a strong value on the confidence and happiness of his patients.


CaliSmile Orthodontics is proud to provide our patients with the best braces in Encino and West Hills, California. For a comprehensive and free orthodontic consultation in one of our Los Angeles County dental offices, give us a call anytime at 310-710-6527 or fill out our online appointment request form. 

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